Every time I ran “Make Table” in Access 2003 I got an “Invalid Argument” error message.
Google found the explanation in seconds:
In Microsoft Access, when you try to run an append query, to run a make-table query, or to import data in a large Microsoft Access database file, you may receive the following error message:
This problem occurs when the size of the Access database file approaches the 2 gigabyte (GB) size limitation.
The limitation still exists in Access 2007.
Shades of the old DOS 640kb memory limits. Will we never escape those old 2**n boundaries?
Of course these kinds of meaningless error messages were impossible to decipher in the days before Google. It’s getting hard to remember how things worked back then …